peer support forum - PWA: The Peer Workforce Association

13th March 2014
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Sharing collective
knowledge from today
* explore questions that matter to us
* Encourage each persons contribution
* Whoever is here, we are the right people
* Find answers to our burning questions
* Remember there is a wealth of knowledge in the room
Group Culture
The agenda for the day had some structure as
well as time for networking and discussions. We
encouraged everyone to take responsibility for
the success of the day and for their own
10 am
Welcome & Introductions
What peers have to say about peer support (Findings from the Toka Tū Project)
Discussion – How do we ensure Peer Support remains sustainable?
What does “good” peer support look like? (A resource developed by Toka Tū)
12 NOON -1PM
What’s happening around the country?
Who is a peer? - defining Peer Support workers
Peer Workforce Association – Code of Ethics for Peer Workers
3 - 3:20 p.m.
Lunch (make own arrangements)
Afternoon Tea
Magdel Hammond- recruiting, training and supporting Peer staff
Open discussions on topics decided by participants
Who came
Leilani Maraku ( Te Upoko)
Hinerangi Bidois (Journeys to Wellbeing)
Brian McKillop (Walsh Trust)
Lynette Knox (Lynx Consultants)
Stella Caruthers
John Tovey (C&CDHB)
Derek Challenor ( C&CDHB)
Matey Gallaway (Aspire Inc)
Karen Sale (Aspire Inc)
Conray Samual (Aspire Inc)
Alexandra Carr (deaf counsellor)
Treena Martin (Richmond NZ)
Cushla Louis-Carroll (C&CDHB)
Richard Anderson (Buddies Peer
Anne Helm (C&CDHB)
Peter Barnett
Dale Mackey (Te Waka Whaiora)
Jacinda Waitaiki (Te Waka Whaiora)
Gordon Attwood (Mind and Body)
Hata Purewa (Richmond NZ)
Colin Slade
Andrea Bates (Buddies Peer Support) )
Kim Eruera (Buddies Peer Support)
Mandy Winther (Buddies Peer Support)
Sarah O’Connor (Kites)
Tane Rangihuna(Kites)
Eileen McAtee(Kites)
Topher Clinch (Phobic
Arana Pearson ( Keepwell
Michelle Dawes
Frank Bristol (Balance
Andi Hulse(Oasis Network
Inc )
Sue Rostrum (Oasis
Network Inc)
Vicky Hall (Junction)
Amanada Reid (PWA/ Te
Ara Korowai)
Karen Maguire (Mags)( Te
Ara Korowai)
Egan Bidois
Susanne Cummings
(PWA/Vaka Tautua)
How do we ensure
Peer Support
Sustainability of Peer Support
Preserving the nature of
peer support
Human Resource
Promotion- How do
people find out about it
* Peer – People Experiencing Equal Relationships
* Clear peer support roles and contracts
* How do we articulate what we are doing?
* Qualification- Proposed level 4 NZQA peer qualification includes aspects of
Intentional Peer Support and NZ legislation and Human rights
* Access
Contractual limitations (e.g. some contracts dont allow for accepting referrals from primary
* Continue to grow
evidence base –encourage possible projects falling out of Tōka
* Note not
a definitive list but a rough idea
(and apologies if i have misplaced these
some of the stickees fell off ~Eileen )
* Lightly working on strengths to build relationships
* Time, patience, finding a smile
* “Subtle infiltration of the worth of lived experience
as a taonga in employment – by employing peers”
* Support in crisis/ alternative to the system /
provision of meals/food/ employs staff with lived
experience/ safe supportive place to be/ non
judgmental (aroha)
* Support for prisoners – assessment and referral for
AoD and mental distress/ family violence/ gambling
/supervision and training
* Mixture of inpatient and community initiatives run by peer support
West Auckland – Hearing voices group
Peer Zone
Waitakere - Drug courts- peer support
Peer support in waiting rooms CMCHs and CADS
Action research project re supervision for Peer Support staff at
Connect SR
Kataia looking at AoD /mental health residential to change delivery
and include peer support component
Puna Whakataa – AoD respite in Manakau
Piri Pono- Acute Alternative to admission Peer run and led
Auckland DHB – through Walsh Trust –in acute ward non clinical role
alongside Occupational Thearapists – peer support coffee group
Wellington Hearing Voices Network – groups in in-patient unit fortnightly
Balance Wellington Bi-polar support Group.
Throughblue Womens Depression Group
Oasis one –to –one peer support
Matahauariki and Mauri ora tinana
Key We Way
Buddies – peer volunteers to inpatient
Amigos coffee group
Supported employment e.g. Worklink
Consumer working with community mental health service
AA and NA fortnightly meetings open to inpatients at Te Whare o Matairangi
Weekly peer run groups at Te Whare o Matairangi – Wrap/ Writers/Tangata whaiora
Te Ara Korowai – individual and group peer support
* Adult day activities
* AoD education early intervention
* Whānau support night
* Adult telephone peer support
* Prison support and whānau support
* Living skills
* Whānau ora plans
* Looking at acute alternative
* Te Kotuku- peer respite
* Peerzone
* MHAPs- individual IPS/ group peer support
* Is it a title we give ourselves or is it the other
person who says to us “I consider you my peer” ?
* Peer – People Experiencing Equal Relationships
* Some people have the feeling the more general use
of “peer” outside of peer support is diluting the
meaning . e.g some one who has given up smoking
called a “peer” when offering smoking cessation
support to people using secondary mental health
* To promote and support the Peer/ consumer /tāngata
whaiora workforce in the greater Wellington Region
The decision to establish an Association came from the
views and opinions of people with experience of mental
distress or addictions that work in the sector.
There was no professional body specifically for people
with experience of mental distress or addiction.
Peer Worker is a term that is still in its infancy,
broadly a peer worker is someone who:
* Has disclosed first-hand experience of mental
distress or addiction
* Works in paid or voluntary roles within the
mental health and addictions sector
* May or may work in a role specifically labelled
as a “peer worker”
*An incorporated society
*Run by a governing committee
elected at AGM
*member-driven and funded.
The ongoing sustainability of the Association
will be based on membership fees and
voluntary fundraising and events.
* Association of peer supervisors (a Changing Minds led
Project) - possible could be a strand for
accredited Supervisors within PWA
Assisting with articulating “Peer Support” to funders
Klout in sector
ASENZ (was Association of supported employment ) have a look at the lessons they learned.
Talk to Ian Harper re what they learned as a board/focus on training for practitioners and
PWA = answer W.I.F.M (what’s in it for me) question. Answers might be:
Professional body
Individual vs organisational membership
Sharing of information
Peer Support/mutual Support / mentoring of each other
A voice
Safe place to discuss
Promotion of professional practice
advcocate for the value of peer services – especially if PWA becomes national
* Interest from people in Dunedin and Auckland
in forming branches- there will need to be
discussion at local level
* Suggestion repeat the survey monkey survey
that Kites did in Wellington
* Attempt to articulate some of the value the
peer experience brings
* Professionalism/ accountability
* You asked for it - survey
* Link to membership/ registration?
PWA is not
a registration body. Can cancel membership
but otherwise not a monitoring body.
Discussion- are we about compliance if there is
a breach of the code of ethics by a member?
* Suggestion not to use the Tuakana/ Teina
because there can be a power or inequality
aspect associated with that relationship for
some people
Any feedback on our draft Code of Ethics:
[email protected]

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